Sawel Cycle Route

Cycling Route

Starting at Plumbridge follow the signed route along the Landahussy Road to Barnes then along the Corramore Road for 4km crossing the valley to Cranagh. Travel east to Sperrin hamlet then cycle uphill over Sawel Pass, sitting at 320 metres. Descent to go through Park village and follow the route to Aghabrack and on for a short climb up the Butterlope Glen. Descent to Aghalane and enter Glenelly again to travel west and finish at Plumbridge.

Public roads: On Public Road

Getting to the start:
Ulster bus services run from Belfast to Londonderry and Strabane the Sperrin Rambler goes from Belfast to Omagh via Glenelly - for timetables visit
By car from Belfast follow the signs for the M2 motorway to Maghera and Derry on the A6. Leave the A6 near Maghera following the signs to Draperstown, from Draperstown go along the B47 to Plumbridge.

Traffic: Quiet upland roads with little traffic.

Nearest town:

Plumbridge village


30 miles

OS map:

Sheet 13

Start Point:


Finish Point:



Tarmac road surfaces, the hill climb is approx 140 metres vertically, which is a 3km linear cycle up to Sawel Pass.

Point of interest:

Glenelly the longest and most scenic valley in the Sperrins.
Sperrin Ridge the highest hills in the Sperrins.
Barnes and Butterlope Gaps - glacial over flow channels.


Shops and public toilets available in the 3 villages en route.

Accessibility information:

Entire route has tarmac surfaces, a steep incline brings the route to Sawel Pass.

Accessible toilet facilities:



The Sawel Cycle Route

Publication availability:

Strabane Tourist Information Centre and Sustrans

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Strabane Visitor Information Centre
  • Free (parking charges may apply)
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